All-in-One computers are great for a couple of reasons, one they can take up less space on your desk, they are easier to set up and also come in a complete package.
But all-in-one computers can be expensive like the Microsoft Surface Studio line. Thankfully, Lenovo has come up with its own competitor to the Surface Studio with the Lenovo Yoga A940.
Design & Hardware
The Lenovo Yoga A940 comes with a great-looking 27-inch display that can be used upright or near flat. It comes in either 4K or QHD resolution and is a touchscreen and support for Dolby Vision.
The speakers on the Lenovo Yoga A940 are Dolby Atmos-certified and can get fairly loud but I found that it wasn’t as balanced as I would like it to be.
The version of the Lenovo Yoga A940 that I was able to test out was the 4K display option, Intel Core i7-8700, 8GB of RAM, Intel UHD 630 & AMD Radeon RX 560X and a 1TB HDD & 256GB SSD.
The Lenovo Yoga A940 has some clever design choices including a wireless charging pad for your mobile devices, keyboard storage, storage slot for the stylus. There’s even a work light that is below the display.
The keyboard that comes with the Yoga A940 has a good amount of travel and very tactile. The included mouse has a slightly angled design and a switch on the bottom to change the DPI settings.
The stylus for the Lenovo Yoga A940 works great and offers a smooth experience overall.
The back of the computer, you’ll find plenty of ports include the AC power, Ethernet, HDMI in/out, 4 USB 3.0 Type-A ports. The left side of the device has a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, USB 3.1 (Type-A), SD card slot, headphone jack and power button.
On either side of the actual display, there is a USB 2.0 Type-A port where the left one can be used to connect the included Lenovo Precision Dial. There is also a TrueBlock Privacy Shutter to cover the webcam when not in use.
There is also an IR camera on the Lenovo Yoga A940 that can be used for Windows Hello login.
The Precision Dial works in a similar fashion to the Surface Dial meaning you can scroll, calibrate and make small adjustments in a number of apps.
Some of the supported apps include:
- Photoshop Elements: 14/ 15/ CC for 2018
- Photoshop CS5/ CS6/ CC for 2018/ CC for 2019
- Illustrator: CS6/ CC for 2018/ CC for 2019
- Sketchbook: Pro for Enterprise 2018/ 8.0/ 8.6.0
- Premiere: Pro/ CC for 2018 Lightroom: 6.4/ Classic CC 7.0/ Classic CC for 2019
- Office: 2019
- Windows 10
The dial will also change colours to indicate which app is currently in use. While the dial might be useful for some, I didn’t find myself using it all that often. Even if you don’t use it with a particular app, you can still use it to control the volume output of the computer’s speaker.
To put that into perspective the Microsoft Surface Studio 2 starts at $4,599 CAD and only gets you a 7th Gen Intel Core i7 and Nvidia GTX 1060.
The Yoga A940 is running Windows 10 Home and there are a few pre-installed Lenovo apps but most have to do with settings for the built-in Lenovo Active Pen.
One of those is Lenovo Vantage which will show you recommend apps and also let you install system updates, change hardware settings, check your warranty status, get support, and keep your device secure.
There’s also built-in software to help you customize the function of the Precision Dial depending on the app.
One thing to note is that even though the Yoga A940 has some pretty powerful specs, it’s not really designed for playing games. The specs of the device are capable of running games but the thermals of the Yoga A940 weren’t designed for that.
I tried playing Planet Coaster as well as The Sims 4 on the Yoga A940 and they were able to run but the fans on the device were so loud that it made it hard to focus on the game at hand even with settings at low to medium graphics.
Apart from games, the Yoga A940 works great for running creative apps such as Adobe Photoshop, Davinci Resolve (for video editing) and Microsoft Office apps.
The Lenovo Yoga A940 is a great all-in-one PC that offers powerful specs for less than the cost of a Surface Studio 2.
- Great 4K display
- Windows Hello support
- Full desktop CPU
- Good app support for Precision Dial
- Active Stylus works well (and included in the box)
- Great design and form factor
- Plenty of ports
- Very loud fan
- The keyboard is slightly shallow
- More GPU options would be great